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The Phantom Father (2011)
"Tatal fantoma" (original title)

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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his ... See full summary »

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Robert Traum
Barry Gifford ...
Jack
Mihaela Sirbu ...
Tanya
Valer Delakeza ...
Sami
Mihai Constantin ...
Mayor Codrescu
Mimi Branescu ...
Alex
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Uncle Petre
Mariana Mihut ...
Aunt Florica
Iosif Pastina ...
small Robert
Nicodim Ungureanu ...
Hotel Receptionist
Vitalie Bantas ...
Vitali
Marcel Cobzariu ...
Vladimir (as Marcello Cobzariu)
Mirela Oprisor ...
Woman from Italy
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Codrescu Sr. (as Andrei Araditz)
Adriana Butoi ...
Sara Traum
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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by Lucian Georgescu

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The credits mention three names that aren't present in the film. "Balkanski" is the name of director Lucian Georgescu's father, "Stein" was the name of Barry Gifford's father before emigrating to the US, and "Bose" refers to director Ovidiu Bose Pastina, who was originally supposed to direct the film but unfortunately passed away before production commenced. See more »

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Sami: I still believe in happy endings and I dream of the day when you will show up and tell me "I'm Robert Traum". What a beautiful dream!
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Wonderful regional movie
2 June 2012 | by (Timisoara) – See all my reviews

One of the best regional movies I have watched so far. IT really captures the best current state of affairs in Romania. The movie is funny and has a wonderful story which tells a lot about the way of life in this country and how it is changing everyday.

This country has a rich and wonderful history and at the same time a past which has not only destroyed the people's hopes and drams but also erased parts of this wonderful history. the movie has captured this concept wonderfully.

I enjoyed the movie till the end, the actors are simply wonderful. The acting is natural.The scenes are not set in a set up which is the way in modern day movies. instead this movie is shot int he nature in the cities and towns of this country giving you the raw taste of this country's culture and tradition. For all those who are looking for an alternate from main stream movies I recommend this one.


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